Fund­ing to top up ex­ist­ing projects

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

THE North Bur­nett and Wide Bay are set to ben­e­fit from fund­ing al­lo­cated in this year’s state bud­get.

The Queens­land Govern­ment re­leased this year’s bud­get fig­ures on Tues­day.

Our sports fields will re­ceive $328,128, com­mit­ted to up­grade flood light­ing in Gayn­dah, Mundubbera and Monto to bring them up to Aus­tralian sport­ing stan­dards as part of the Get Play­ing Plus Pro­gram.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Pitt said the coun­cil had ap­plied for fund­ing of the new sports light­ing and was glad to see it in the bud­get.

“The light­ing pro­gram grant ap­pli­ca­tion we put in some time back and with it be­ing suc­cess­ful this year it will bring those fa­cil­i­ties up to a much greater stan­dard,” Mr Pitt said.

“At­tract­ing more re­gional events along with sport, it will be a boom for the re­gion.”

Gayn­dah Glad­i­a­tors coach Rob Lins­kett agreed that the new op­tions from the light­ing would have a pos­i­tive im­pact.

“For foot­ball, netball and all sports re­ally,” Mr Lins­kett said.

“And for the cricket, which could now be played at night.”

Roads are be­ing ad­dressed with a $1.8 mil­lion com­mit­ment to con­tin­u­ing the pave­ment re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on the Bur­nett Hwy.

“The Bur­nett Hwy is in need of in­creased fund­ing and Coun­cil is cer­tainly wel­com­ing of a real dol­lar in­crease ,” Mr Pitt said.

Front-line ser­vices are also set for a boost with 54 ex­tra nurses, 74 ex­tra doc­tors and 92 ex­tra teach­ers, part of a com­mit­ment to sup­port 3000 jobs in the Wide Bay.

The bud­get also in­tends to help drive trade and in­vest­ment.

“Any­thing that pro­motes job growth is a great thing for the re­gion and we cer­tainly hope to see those pro­grams fo­cused on re­gional ar­eas such as ours,” Mr Pitt said.

More broadly, $649 mil­lion for state in­fra­struc­ture, $2.5 bil­lion for health and $41.5 mil­lion for ed­u­ca­tion.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

LIGHT IT UP: Gayn­dah Glad­i­a­tors coach Rob Lins­kett wel­comes news of up­grades to sport­ing lights.

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